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The history of Marconi in Chelmsford

A campaign group in Chelmsford has just over a month to raise 380-thousand pounds to keep a slice of radio history in the city.

Guglielmo Marconi, known as the inventor of radio, based himself in the town from the start of the 1900s.

The first factory his operations were run from is due to be converted to flats unless the money can be raised for a section to be kept as a heritage and learning centre.

Chelmsford is known as the birthplace of radio, so here's a look at some of the key dates in the history of Marconi in Essex.

Gugielmo Marconi Credit: East Anglian Film Archive
  • Guglielmo Marconi is credited with being the inventor of radio - being the first to transmit signals over about a mile and a half in 1895.
  • His "Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company" opened it's first factory in Chelmsford four years later (1899)
Marconi's Chelmsford factory in the 1800's Credit: East Anglian Film Archive
  • Marconi soon outgrew its Hall Street premises, and in June 1912 the company moved to the brand new purpose-built New Street Works
  • On 15 June 1920 the factory was the location of the first official publicised sound broadcast in the United Kingdom using two 450 feet radio broadcasting masts.
  • In 1922, the world's first regular wireless broadcasts for entertainment began from the Marconi laboratories at Writtle. It had the call sign '2MT'
  • In October 1922 Marconi helped form The British Broadcasting Company Ltd. (Four years later it was dissolved as a company and transformed into the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The New Street building in 2008 Credit: ITV Anglia
  • By 1965 the company had 13 divisions with factories in Chelmsford, Baddow, Basildon, Billericay, and Writtle
  • In 1999, Marconi's defence division, including the Chelmsford facilities, was purchased by British Aerospace to form BAE Systems.
  • The factory on New Street in Chelmsford closed in 2008 ending more than a hundred years of history.

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Election flashback: Memories of the 1967 Cambridge by-election

The Anglia region may be deep in the grip of election fever but one constituency has had more experience of going to the polls that most.

As well as being a closely-fought race at every General Election, the university city also had by-elections in the 1960s and the 1970s.

The 1967 the Conservatives won the a by-election in Cambridge from Labour, the party then in government.

Click below to watch an election report from 1967 from the ITV Anglia archive

New material added to WW2 website

Texan WW2 veteran Huie Lamb and the fighter he flew at Duxford

New unseen historic material has been added to a website which showcases the stories of servicemen and women from the US Army Air Forces who found themselves in England during the Second World War.

The American Air Museum digital resource was launched in October last year following support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which awarded a grant of £980,000 towards the redevelopment of the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, and the creation of the website.

Since its launch, more than 45,000 people have visited the website from across the UK and US and now English Heritage has donated 700 aerial photographs of wartime airfields taken between 1940 and 1947.

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Remembering the holocaust - one man's story

As the world marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz one survivor from Suffolk has told his family's story.

More than a million people died at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland - the largest and most notorious Nazi concentration camp.

Frank Bright from Suffolk lived through the ordeal. But his parents and most of his classmates did not. He is 86 now and more determined than ever to keep their memories alive.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

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Remembering Auschwitz

It's the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the largest and most notorious Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland. More than a million people died there - it was slaughter on an industrial scale.

Some Jews managed to escape to Britain before war broke out. Martin Cahn's father left Germany when he was a child after he was attacked in the street. Mr Cahn now lives in Impington in Cambridgeshire.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

100th anniversary of first Zeppelin raid over Norfolk

Memorial to two of the victims Credit: ITV News Anglia

A memorial service will take place today marking the 100th anniversary of the first aerial bombardments of World War One, which took place over Norfolk on 19th January 1915.

Because of bad weather the German zeppelins were diverted to our coastline for the start of their bombing campaign.

Two airships dropped bombs on King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Sheringham, with the loss of four lives.

Sheringham Museum holds in its collection, one of the first bombs dropped on Britain during the raid.

One of the shells from the raid is held in Sheringham Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia
Jean Tuck, Granddaughter of eyewitness Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Nobody really knew what it was, there probably were some people who did know what it was. But nobody ran away or thought they would be in any danger, they just stood there looking up at it."

– Jean Tuck, Granddaughter of eyewitness
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